Civil Rights and Liberties


Open space requirements neglected in HK

I refer to the letter by Louis Loong, secretary general, the Real Estate Developers Association of Hong Kong ('Sustainable development based on regulation and incentives', December 21).

Wednesday, 30 December, 2009, 12:00am

Joint Declaration needed no say on suffrage, envoy says

Universal suffrage was not included in the declaration China signed with Britain 25 years ago because there was no pressure from the Hong Kong people at the time to do so, the British consul general says.

But the provisions laid down in the Basic Law for universal suffrage 'very strongly respond' to the people's aspirations, Andrew Seaton said.

21 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Functional seats are not a pressing issue, says Henry Tang

Pressed on the future of Legco's functional constituencies, Chief Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen said yesterday that, 'with 11 years to go' until Beijing will permit universal suffrage, there was plenty of time to discuss what happens to them.

19 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Don't wave rights covenant to China to demand democracy

Anson Chan Fang On-sang overplayed the significance of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights in the political context of Hong Kong's democratisation ('Hidden Agenda', December 4).

15 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Why should we cling to a colonial escape clause?

The court ruling upholding the legality of corporate voting this week underlines the need for the government to press ahead with democratic reforms.

12 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Point of no return

The progressive democratisation of Hong Kong's political system is the prerequisite for safeguarding the principles of 'one country, two systems' and 'Hong Kong people ruling Hong Kong'. It is also the eventual political goal prescribed in the Basic Law.

12 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

'Equal suffrage' does not apply to HK, minister says

A reservation made by the British colonial government when it ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) in 1976 still applies to the section that defines equal suffrage, a minister said yesterday.

3 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Minister dismisses talk of Beijing intervention

Talk of a possible interpretation by Beijing of what is meant by universal suffrage was pure speculation, a minister said yesterday.

29 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Pan-democrats fear reinterpretation of 'universal suffrage'

Pan-democrats in the legal community say there are ominous signs pointing to a reinterpretation of the Basic Law to rule out the need to abolish functional constituencies.

28 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Democrats need to put forward a road map that actually works

I refer to the article ('Pressure mounts on Democrats', November 20). It refers to the Civic Party and the League of Social Democrats' plan of holding a referendum on universal suffrage by one pan-democrat legislator resigning from each of the five geographical constituencies.

27 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Beijing law expert backs trade seats in reform debate

Implementing universal suffrage does not mean that functional constituencies have to be abolished, a leading mainland expert on Hong Kong affairs says.

27 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Why should we tolerate this zero-sum game?

There's a very strange phenomenon occurring in relation to the consultation on constitutional development by 2012, and it can easily be seen by any disinterested observer.

27 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Reform proposals leave much work still to do

Expectations were not high ahead of the release of the government's reform proposals for the 2012 elections. Details leaked in advance watered down any impact they might have had. But even by that measure the proposals unveiled yesterday for a public consultation were disappointing. A chance for substantial progress towards universal suffrage has been passed up.

19 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

No sign pan-democrats will support proposals

Pan-democrats show no sign of considering the political reform model proposed in the consultation paper yesterday.

19 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

We'll listen to talk about a road map, Tang says

There is no road map and no commitment on any reforms beyond 2012, but the government has promised to gather views on possible models for universal suffrage during the public consultation and pass them to the next administration - a move a leading democrat described as opening a 'small door' to dialogue.

19 Nov 2009 - 12:00am